The History Guides Walks, talks and lectures
The History GuidesWalks, talks and lectures


Linda Collins


Linda has a first degree in Early Italian Art, a Masters degree in the History of Art and a diploma in French language and culture. She was employed by the Historic Royal Palaces for more than 20 years before becoming an independent lecturer and lecture organiser.


Linda is an accredited lecturer for the National Association of Decorative and Fine Arts Society (NADFAS) and a member of the Association of Art Historians. She speaks regularly to members of the National Trust, U3A and various universities both at home and abroad and regularly leads walking lectures at Hampton Court Palace, The National Gallery and Tate Modern.


Siobhan Clarke


Siobhan has a BA in Modern History and an Adult Education Teaching Certificate. She has worked for Historic Royal Palaces for seventeen years and is based at Hampton Court Palace, where she trained as a Costumed Interpreter before becoming an HRP Guide Lecturer.

As well as specialising in 16th century dress, she delivers lectures on Hampton Court, The Tower of London and the Banqueting House, Whitehall Palace. Siobhan is a Member of the Institute of Tourist Guiding and her experience includes education sessions and tours for schools, universities, travel companies and corporate visitors. She lectures abroad for P&O, Crystal and Viking cruise lines and, within the UK, for the National Trust, the Arts Society and the U3A. Siobhan also works with best-selling historian, Alison Weir, on academic study events. She has featured on BBC Radio Women's Hour and PBS Television's Secrets of Henry VIII's Palace, and is currently working with Alison on Tudor Christmas which will be published by Jonathon Cape in Autumn 2018.


Jackie Clemson

Jackie has a BA Hons degree in History and Sociology. She is also accredited as a Guide Lecturer by the City of London University and Institute of Tourist Guides for: the City of London, City of Westminster, Clerkenwell & Islington and Hampton Court Palace.

Having worked as a social worker and within the Heritage industry she now specialises in walking tours within London and the Buildings & Gardens of Hampton Court Palace.


Jackie delivers illustrated talks on HM Queen Elizabeth II, Windsor Castle, Hampton Court Palace and many different aspects of London. She lectures for cruise lines and, within the UK, for the U3A and many other Societies.

Vanda Nadolny


Vanda has a BA Hons degree in Theatre and Costume Design, an MA in Art History and a City and Guilds in Painting and Frame Restoration. Her association with Hampton Court Palace began 16 years ago, working in object conservation and then completing an internship at their world-renowned Textile conservation studio.


Vanda is a Guide Lecturer at Hampton Court and, as an art practitioner, she also teaches painting and art appreciation.


Sophie Jones


Graduating with a BA Hons in English Literature and Linguistics, Sophie realised her true calling in history in 2007, becoming a volunteer for Historic Royal Palaces, based at Hampton Court Palace. She became an associate of the Institute of Guide Lecturers in 2012, and delivers tours to a wide range of audiences, from children to Members of Parliament, at Hampton Court and the Banqueting House, Whitehall.

Sophie also specialises in the Georgian era, offering tours of Kew Palace, its adjoining Royal Kitchens, and Queen Charlottes Cottage, all of which are situated within the Royal Botanic Gardens at Kew. She has worked as a tour guide for the renowned historian Alison Weir. Her career is nothing if not diverse, ranging from devising historically themed birthday parties for children, to bringing a Victorian artist to life as part of a television documentary!

Since 2015, she has also been writing and teaching educational sessions for school groups visiting Windsor Castle, working to bring history to life for both able bodied and disabled children.

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